CC3N TERMS OF REFERENCE


  • Provide a strategic vision and generate consensus opinion relating to critical care nursing issues and the future delivery of critical care linked to national strategies.

  • Offer clinical expertise by formulating recommendations/ consensus decisions statements that impact upon critical care nursing issues.

  • Provide nursing leadership where-by organisations, professional bodies and/or others can consult and/or gain a clinical opinion regarding critical care services in England. 

  • Influence, contribute to and review strategies and policies that impact upon nursing issues as appropriate and provide a timely response.

  • Act as point of contact to discuss common nursing issues and share successes or problem areas and to provide peer support.

  • Identify and develop projects in response to need; demonstrating best practice and improved outcomes.

  • Ensure representation and two-way communication between the Forum and other national/professional groups/organisations as identified in the CC3N Communication Strategy.

The purpose of the group is to:

Clinical Networks


About us

The Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N) was established in 2003 as part of the NHS Modernisation programme. They are one of three forums that represent the Critical Care Networks, alongside the Network Medical Leads and the Network Directors/ Managers.


CC3N is made up of Critical Care Network Lead Nurses from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the forum meets four times a year.

CC3N : Chairs

Chair : Claire Horsfield

Clinical networks are an NHS success story.


Combining the experience of clinicians, the input of patients and the organisational vision of NHS staff, they have supported and improved the way we deliver care to patients in distinct areas, delivering true integration across primary, secondary and often tertiary care.”


Professor Sir Bruce Keogh,

NHS Medical Director and

Jane Cummings,

Chief Nursing Officer“


Chair CCNERF: Samantha Cook

Claire qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 and has spent the majority of her nursing career working in critical care, at local and regional level. She has held service improvement roles at Network level and has also worked as a clinical educator, night practitioner, Matron for Infection Prevention and Control and up until joining the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network in January 2014, she was Head of Patient Safety at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Claire has an MSc qualification in Professional Practice (Critical Care) and has completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control at Leeds University. Nationally, Claire has previously held the position of Coordinator of the IV forum for the Infection Prevention Society.


Claire can be contacted via email:

Deputy Chair: Julie Platten


Julie is the Locality Network Manager& Lead Nurse within the North of England Critical Care Network and has been in this post since 2011. Prior to her role in the Network she worked as a Clinical Educator within Critical Care and is passionate about the development and the wellbeing of staff.


I started as an auxiliary nurse in 1990 following a short career in floristry! Once qualified I worked in oncology and medicine prior to commencing in Critical Care and followed a traditional path of building a career in critical care, succeeding in gaining an Honours Degree in Nursing Practice before enjoying the role of practise educator at 2 NHS Trusts within Greater Manchester. I obtained a Master’s degree in Leadership and Health Care during this period and gained the position of manager at the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute in 2011. It is within this role I have been able to develop the knowledge and skills required to embrace education of critical care nurses and which has led to my appointment of Chair of CCNErF which is a great honour.

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